Long before Nintendo developed its own creation suite with Super Mario Maker, fans found their own ways to screw with Nintendo’s classics with “romhacks.” Romhack is a fancy word for mod, but altering the code of the game that’s ripped from a cartridge underscores the lengths fans have gone to for decades. The whole super difficult kaizo genre, for example, was born out of the romhacking community. It also results in adaptations of creepypastas where Mario is forced to kill Luigi and bursts into tears. Mario Maker probably doesn’t exist without all of this.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwedgw/the-messy-relationship-between-mario-makers-hacking-community-and-nintendo